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Organizing Your Workspace for Work and Homeschool Success

What do organizing your workspace and productivity have in common?

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Let’s continue the theme of making your work and homeschool life easier with tips for organizing your workspace. Organizing creates an environment that fosters focus. It minimizes distractions. It also helps keep mom work or school work from spilling from room to room. And prevents lost homework, lost Chromebooks, lost workbooks, lost reading books, etc.

Want to see massive results in focus and productivity? Commit to creating a specific workspace. And maintain the space by putting things away in their place so you can find them when you need them. It’s literally as easy as a 10 minute clean up at the end of your school or workday. You start the following day with a clear space. Plus you have the items you need when you need them…Because an organized workspace means less time looking for lost things.

So many people see organizing their desk as a one and done task. They do it monthly or seasonally or perhaps when the space becomes unbearable. I’m suggesting that you work the practice of maintaining your space into your daily work or school routine.

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And you may be thinking “at the end of the day I just want to be done”. Or there’s no way I can get my kid to clean up when they are done, they just want out. But the long term benefits to maintaining your workspace include getting work done quicker, working more focused, and actually spending less time “working” because you have what you need when you need it and aren’t getting up to look for it.

And let’s be real…how many of us enjoy saying “do you know where your folder with you work is”. Or “where is my laptop? I have Zoom call”. Knowing where to find the supplies we need makes working from home, whatever that work is, so much easier.

And I’m sure your family will gladly spend a few extra minutes putting things away at the end of work session if they can avoid crazy mommy time. My kids will literally do anything to prevent crazy mommy time.

Steps for Organizing Your Workspace

Have I convinced you? Do you agree that taking the time to organize a specific workspace is beneficial for you? Your family? And your neighbors who may hear you losing your mind? Here are my steps create and keep a workspace organized.

First, make sure you collect all the items you might need in one space. Depending on your curriculum or your work, there is a list of frequently used items you will need. Make a list of those items then start to collect them in on place. And don’t think “I don’t have a home office so I can’t create a workspace”. Or “we have 3 kids and only one office to share so we can’t create dedicated spaces”. Sure, you may not be able to have one desk per child. But each kid can have a bin or basket to hold the supplies they need in one place. And the same applies to mom.

Organizing your workspace is especially important if you share a workspace. It makes it easier to keep track of whose work is whose. You can see what supplies refilled. And it makes it easy to make your workspace mobile if you need family members working in different rooms.

Next, make a habit of putting those supplies away in their home after your work sessions. Maintenance is a far too often overlooked step in organizing processes. And spending a few minutes returning items to their homes can save you many minutes, even hours, looking for office supplies and lost homework.

My challenge to you today is to make a list of everything you need in a typical workday. Or everything your child would need in a school day. Bonus points if you go ahead and collect all those items in one space. And bonus bonus points if you assign them a home in your home. 🤣

Got questions about organizing your space? What to put your supplies in? How to get in the maintenance habit? Let me know in the comments below…


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Organizing Your Workspace with The Simplifiers

Let’s talk organizing your workspace…

Would you consider your office calm or chaotic? Do you find you can be productive at your desk? Does your workspace set up work for you? Or are you often working in another space or wasting time searching for documents, files, or supplies? Read on to see how organizing your workspace can help you with productivity and time management. And a bit of sanity.

Last Summer, I appeared on the UK-based podcast The Simplifiers with host Mary Baird-Wilcock. Mary and I discussed where to start creating a system to organize your space, how to manage paper, and how to maintain your efforts.

Even if you feel completely comfortable in a chaotic workspace, a few tweaks here and there will help you with efficiency and productivity. And show your boss you care. 😉 You can watch my interview with Mary below:

Here are some of the highlights from my discussion with Mary:

Creating Organizing Systems in Your Workspace

  • Organizing your space is personal to your style and preferences. If something isn’t working for you, tweak it or try something different. There is something out there that will work for you.
  • Keep it simple at the beginning. Baby steps make creating new habits easier. And it will be easier to maintain.
  • To figure out your personal system, start by figuring out the basics you NEED to do your work. Put those items in the closest proximity to your workspace.
  • Next, figure out what items you use occasionally. Things you access on a weekly or monthly basis. Those items can be placed further away from your primary workspace. But still convenient enough to access when you need them.
  • Finally, determine what items would be rarely needed. Create a space out of the way for archival and reference items. This way you have them on hand if you need them. But they aren’t cluttering up your prime workspace.
  • Schedule a specific time to organize and reset your workspace. This will ensure you can follow all the steps of pulling items out, sorting like with like, purging what you don’t need, and assigning where items will now live.

Just because a system is working, doesn’t mean it couldn’t work better.

Organizing Paper in Your Workspace

  • Touch paper as few times as possible when it arrives on your desk. Break it into 3 categories:
    • Recycle or pitch items you know you won’t need or need to address.
    • File or assign items that have a specific place or person to process them
    • Determine a course of action for items that need attention. Consider using desktop files with action words for the labels. Words like “email”, “call”, or pay work well.
  • Determine your best method for storing paper. Are you a piler or a filer? It doesn’t matter how you keep it. Just create a specific place for items to go so you, and those in your office, will know where to find it when you need it.

Organizing is about retrieval of information at a moments notice.

Organizing Maintenance for Your Workspace

  • How do you maintain the space you’ve spent time organizing? You have to make the time to do it.
  • Schedule time for regular resets to refresh the space. It is also a great time to tweak systems to make sure they are working for you.
  • The more often you reset the space, the less time it will take.

You do not just get organized…it’s the development of organizing skills.

Organizing your workspace will help you find what you need. It will help you do more in less time. You will feel more in control and less stress. Organizing your workspace is always worth the time investment.


Grab my free mini-course “10 Tips for Working While Kids are Home” here!

Want more support around time management, productivity, and working mom mindset? Join my free Early Morning Moms Facebook Group.